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Katherine Wutchiett speaks with the San Francisco Chronicle about Gaps in the Social Safety Net for Low-wage Workers

LAAW attorney Katherine Wutchiett speaks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the issues facing low-wage workers during the COVID-19 crisis and the need for significant improvements to the social safety net during this crisis and beyond. The article also discusses a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom from LAAW and a coalition of over 120 California labor, family advocacy, legal, civil rights and other groups requesting executive action to protect workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
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California Coalition Representing Millions of Workers Seeks Executive Action by Governor Newsom During COVID-19 Crisis

SACRAMENTO (March 26, 2020)—More than 125 organizations say gaps in worker protections desperately need to be filled by Governor Gavin Newsom and the legislature. The urgent action required is detailed in a letter asking state leaders to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of workers impacted by the new coronavirus outbreak. While all Californians … Continue reading “California Coalition Representing Millions of Workers Seeks Executive Action by Governor Newsom During COVID-19 Crisis”

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LAAW in the New York Times about How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Work & Family Program Director Sharon Terman provides practical advice to workers about their rights to Unemployment Insurance and other supports that help workers replace lost income or keep their jobs during the Coronavirus outbreak.
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KQED Interviews Julia Parish about Workers’ Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Legal Aid at Work's own Julia Parish is joined by other experts to talk about what resources are available for people who may be missing a paycheck, and what the lack of work means for contract workers.
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Bloomberg Covers LAAW’s Wage Theft Lawsuit Against JUUL

Bloomberg news covers LAAW's lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc. for unlawfully misclassifying over 400 workers on its failed pro-vaping ballot measure in San Francisco.
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Juul and The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation Sued for Misclassification, Wage Theft

San Francisco (March 4, 2020) — Juul Labs, Inc. was sued in federal court on Wednesday for unlawfully misclassifying over 400 campaign staffers working on its unsuccessful ballot measure to allow the sale of electronic cigarettes in San Francisco as independent contractors rather than employees. The three named Plaintiffs also notified the California Labor Workforce … Continue reading “Juul and The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation Sued for Misclassification, Wage Theft”

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Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, All Year Round

Wednesday, February 5 is the 34th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an occasion that celebrates the monumental achievements of women and girls in athletics. The occasion helps us reflect on the progress made since the passing of federal gender equity law Title IX in 1972, and related policy advancements, while also recognizing … Continue reading “Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, All Year Round”

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Elizabeth Kristen Discusses the Problem of Weight Discrimination on CNBC

Discrimination against high weight people is still legal in 49 states—including California—and is on the rise. Elizabeth Kristen and other experts discuss this troubling practice on CNBC.
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After LAAW’s Advocacy Efforts, Federal Court Recognizes Undocumented Worker’s Basic Right to Obtain Relief for Unlawful Employment Practices

  Ricardo Torres, an undocumented plaintiff that Legal Aid at Work had supported through the filing of a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief, successfully convinced a federal court that he was entitled to substantial relief from unlawful employment practices despite the fact that he was undocumented. This win is especially important because, in July 2018, the same … Continue reading “After LAAW’s Advocacy Efforts, Federal Court Recognizes Undocumented Worker’s Basic Right to Obtain Relief for Unlawful Employment Practices”

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